This article was originally posted at 3:08 p.m. CDT on Monday, Sept. 20. It was last updated at 3:49 p.m. CDT on Monday, Sept. 20.
OMAHA (DTN) -- While corn and soybeans are reaching maturity slightly ahead of normal this year, harvest of both crops so far is progressing at a close-to-average pace, USDA NASS' said in its weekly national Crop Progress report Monday.
In its first national soybean harvest report of the season, NASS estimated that 6% of the crop was harvested as of Sunday, Sept. 19, near 5% last year and equal to the five-year average.
"Most of the progress is in Southern states, but North Dakota soybeans are 11% harvested and Iowa is at 4%," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.
For the rest of the crop, NASS estimated that 58% of soybeans were dropping leaves as of Sunday, 10 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 48%.
The condition of the soybean crop remaining in fields was pegged at 58% good to excellent, up 1 percentage point from 57% the previous week but down from 63% a year ago.
After trailing 1 percentage point behind normal the previous week, corn harvest edged 1 percentage point ahead of average last week, coming in at 10% as of Sunday compared to the five-year average of 9%.
"Corn harvest activity has picked up in the major producing states, with Illinois at 11% harvested and Iowa at 4%," Hultman said.
As with soybeans, corn continued to reach maturity ahead of normal last week. NASS estimated that 93% of corn was dented as of Sept. 19, up 4 percentage points from the five-year average of 89%. Fifty-seven percent of corn was rated mature, up 10 percentage points from the five-year average of 47%.
The condition of corn still in fields also rose last week, edging up 1 percentage point from 58% good to excellent as of Sunday, Sept. 12, to 59% good to excellent on Sunday, Sept. 19. That was down from 61% a year ago.
Winter wheat planting also continued slightly ahead of normal last week, with NASS estimating 21% of the crop had been planted as of Sunday, 3 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 18%. Winter wheat emerged was pegged at 3%, just 1 percentage point ahead of the five-year average of 2%.
The following are some other highlights from this week's Crop Progress report:
Sorghum coloring was pegged at 92%, 4 percentage points ahead of the average. Sorghum mature was 51%, 5 percentage points ahead of average. Sorghum harvested was 25%, 3 percentage points behind average.
Cotton bolls opening was 48%, 5 percentage points behind the average. Cotton harvested was 9%, 2 percentage points behind the average. Cotton condition was rated 64% good to excellent, unchanged from the previous week.
Rice harvested was 51%, 5 percentage points behind the average pace.
To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics Service offices in individual states, visit http://www.nass.usda.gov/…. Look for the U.S. map in the "Find Data and Reports by" section and choose the state you wish to view in the drop-down menu. Then look for that state's "Crop Progress & Condition" report.
|National Crop Progress Summary|
|Soybeans Dropping Leaves||58||38||56||48|
|Winter Wheat Planted||21||12||19||18|
|Winter Wheat Emerged||3||NA||3||2|
|Cotton Bolls Opening||48||36||56||53|
|National Crop Condition Summary|
|(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)|
|This Week||Last Week||Last Year|
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